- Age Range: 7 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 5
- Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
- Series: Calvin Coconut
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books (September 11, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385739656
- ISBN-13: 978-0385739658
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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Calvin Coconut: Rocket Ride Hardcover – September 11, 2012
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About the Author
GRAHAM SALISBURY is the author of six Calvin Coconut books: Trouble Magnet, The Zippy Fix, Dog Heaven, Zoo Breath, Hero of Hawaii, and Kung Fooey, as well as several novels for older readers, including the award-winning Lord of the Deep, Blue Skin of the Sea, and Under the Blood-Red Sun. Graham Salisbury grew up in Hawaii. Calvin Coconut and his friends attend the same school Graham did—Kailua Elementary School.
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Keep Calvin's adventures coming!
At about this point, Calvin first hears "a little voice in my head " that speaks up and tries to guide him to do the right thing. The little voice reappears several times in the book to help counsel Calvin with the several difficult choices he must make.
The novel culminates with Little Johnny Coconut's big concert in Honolulu. Without giving away the plot, it seems that the little voice has indeed helped Calvin act with integrity and, in so doing, he ends up mending several important relationships. "We'll be together 'til the sun goes black": This line from Little Johnny Coconut's hit song "Rocket Ride" echoes the satisfying ending of the book. From the hamajang beginning of the novel where everything seems to be going awry for Calvin to the mending of three important relationships at the end, ROCKET RIDE is a gratifying ride for all readers.
NOTE: Only a part of the lyrics of Johnny Coconut's hit song "Rocket Ride" appears in the novel. However, a CD which includes the complete version of "Rocket Ride" and three additional songs written and sung by Johnny Coconut (author Graham Salisbury) is available at amazon.com and [...]
Parents and teacher, read on. In this episode of the successful and joyful Calvin Coconut series, Graham Salisbury mixes up important grade-school learning situations with some top level fantasy. The result is like a great nourishing meal finished off with ice cream: a nice balance of what young readers need and what they want. Salisbury knows that at times the two can be confused, and Calvin, our hero, demonstrates how to untangle the ups and downs of grade school life. Calvin needs to learn how to handle the playground bully, but also gets to find out what it's like to have a dad who's a famous rock star!
Calvin's conscience is almost a character in itself in this fast-moving tale- the inner voice passes Calvin instructions on how-to-behave. Readers feel squirmy when Calvin knows he's doing the wrong thing, and great when he finally does the right thing. Another solid story, with a lifelike touch: not everything is neatly resolved, just like in real life.
Also the dialogue especially from Sinbad is so funny. I read it last year and I'm still cracking up over Sinbad's lines and the situation, since Calvin doesn't have a concert ticket for Sinbad, Sinbad says "I don't need those tickets CocoDude." This story brings Calvin's family and friends together in a story that totally mahalo.